Apr. 24 Insights: Pricey Fast Anna, New Money Honey Half-Sis Debut at Keeneland

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Anna's Fast at OBS | Photos by Z

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3rd-KEE, $60K, Msw, 2yo, f, 4 1/2f, 2:12 ET

ANNA'S FAST (Fast Anna) turned heads last month when breezing a furlong in :9 4/5 at OBS March, and her swiftness was rewarded with a $470,000 winning bid from Mike Hall's Breeze Easy, handily the highest price paid for a progeny of her freshman sire (by Medaglia d'Oro) thus far. The sale was a pinhooking coup for De Meric Stables, who purchased the filly for just $32,500 as a Fasig-Tipton July yearling, and she is entered to make her career debut in this sprint for Wesley Ward, who looks for his fifth 2-year-old winner of the Keeneland meet. The bay shows a trio of three-furlong breezes, capped by a bullet move in :35 1/5 (1/4) here Apr. 15. She is bred to be precocious on the bottom side, as both her dam and second dam were first-out winners, the latter by 21 lengths at Calder in 2003. Ward also entered Christina Jelm's Ms Headley (The Big Beast), a $20,000 OBSMAR pickup who would represent the first starter for her freshman sire (by Yes It's True) and appears to have been working in company with Anna's Fast.

6th-KEE, $79K, Msw, 3yo, f, 1mT, 3:51 ET

Andrew Rosen went to $435,000 to secure KEEPME IN THEGAME (Pioneerof the Nile) at Keeneland September in 2017 and the Shug McGaughey trainee opens her account in this two-turn turf test. The dark bay is a half-sister to MGISW New Money Honey (Medaglia d'Oro), while her unraced dam, who sold for $1.4 million to Summer Wind Equine at KEENOV in 2017, is a full to GISW Any Given Saturday (Distorted Humor). She shows a steady worktab at Payson Park before wrapping up preparations with a half-mile breeze over the local main track in :49 4/5 (37/49) Apr. 17.

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